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Happy Fall!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 12:07 PM by Chuck Caragianes

Good afternoon,

Please mark your calendars and save the date of Thursday September 28th as we hold our annual “Back to School Night” from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  This is an opportunity to become acquainted with your student’s teachers and the academic expectations for the year.  In addition, many of our parent led support groups will have informational tables that you’ll want to check out.  Please plan on joining us!

This morning we held our first Advisory Group sessions of the year where students and staff members take a class period to take part in a wide range of activities of personal interest.  It is an opportunity for our students to come together in groups around topics of mutual curiosity to build friendships and connections with new people around the building including peers and staff members alike.  Ask which group your student selected when he or she gets home this afternoon.

Fall arrives at 4:02 pm today.  With the days getting noticeably shorter, and with later sunrises, it becomes tempting to stay in bed just a few minutes longer each morning.  Please continue to help your student establish a good, on time, attendance pattern this year with a predictable morning routine to ensure a timely departure from home every morning.

As a reminder, Maynard High School opens for students at 7:00am for breakfast and academic classes begin promptly at 7:45am.  There is no traditional homeroom period.  If your student is walking into the building at 7:45 they will be late for the day and late to class where they will be missing academic work.  A 7:30 arrival all year long will ensure that your student has time to visit their locker, say hi to their friends, get settled for the day ahead and get to class on time.

Related to being on time, please be aware of the following:

When your students arrive each morning all food and beverages must be consumed in the cafeteria and cannot go up to the classrooms.  We have students with quite severe food allergies and introducing food into classrooms greatly increases the possibility of a strong allergic reaction.  So if your student is stopping for coffee and a bagel in the morning, they’ll need to build in time to eat it prior to going to class rather than thinking they’ll be munching or sipping during 1st period class.

News From the Studios of WAVM & Mr. Ogden’s Class

The Season 3 premiere has an all new cast, all new crew, and all new segments!  If you would like to be featured on the newscast, or have an announcement to make, just let us know!  Sports, photos, announcements and more; comin' right at ya!  

Great work to all of the students who worked so hard on this, and stay tuned for our next episode coming soon!


MHN Season 3 Premiere!

Below are some additional items of note and upcoming events:

The Latest Message From Our Student Council

Student council came up with a idea to start a penny war competition between the grades this week to help raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. The competition started at the first home football game 9/8. Just at the game alone the class of 2021 raised $26.77, 2020 raised $72.27, 2019 $52.12, and the class of 2018 raised $55.72. Altogether we raised $206.88! Then the following Monday the penny war for the week had begun. Buckets were brought to both lunches everyday where students could put change in their classes bucket. By Friday, the Sophomores came in first with $43.57. Coming in second was the Senior class with $15.19 in pennies. Once other change and bills were accounted for, The freshmen were - $2.90 and the juniors were in last place with - $6.15. All totaled, the penny war raised $127.02. Great job MHS!

Guest Chef this Coming Tuesday!

This Tuesday September 26th the MHS cafeteria will be celebrating the success of the school's garden with a Chef Trek visit from Whitsons’ School Nutrition Chef Rich Sandman.

The chef will be putting together a menu for a cookout and to help prepare offerings directly from the school's garden and items purchased directly from surrounding area farms from the Maynard Farmer's Market.

Many different groups worked together to help prepare, plant and maintain the garden this season and hope we hope you can join us in celebrating it's harvest!

Anti Bullying Forum

The Maynard Public Schools will be holding an Anti Bullying Forum on Tuesday October 3, 2017.  This event will be held in the Fowler Assembly Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Maynard Public Schools Policy Subcommittee is in the process of reviewing the current School Committee Policy #18 Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, and the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Reporting Form.

We plan on using a World Cafe Method for facilitating dialogue with large groups.  We will have break out groups at round tables brainstorming their thoughts on these documents and reporting to the committee recommendations for improvement.



We are the Maynard Special Education Parent Advisory Council, and our first event of the school year is the Parent Pizza Party on Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm in the Fowler School Library. If you've been curious about what the SEPAC does, want to learn more about the Special Education Program in Maynard, or just want to meet some other awesome families, come join us for pizza! We are also eager to hear from people interested in getting involved in working with SEPAC (planning social events for our kids and families, being a resource for other parents, etc.) Please RSVP for October 12 to Karen Heath at or at 978-394-6183. Free and open to the public.


From the Maynard Music Association

Our next MMA meeting will be held on Monday October 2nd in the Fowler library. Please join us for Fowler business at 6:30, joint business at 7:30and high school business at 8:00.

Minutes from our joint June and August meetings can be be viewed on our website:

Dates to Know:  Please view our website for up-to-date calendar information.

September 22nd:  Pep band

September 25th: Casino Game Night meeting (7pm, 13 Sherman)

September 27th:  Yoga for Jazz/Wind Musicians (contact  for more details)

October 6th:  Pep band

October 7th:  Jazz/Wind Ensemble to perform at Maynard Fest

October 13th:  Pep band

October 23rd:  Auditions for Little Mermaid begins

MMA is currently taking sweatshirt orders.  Please contact Stephanie Gavin for details at

Casino Game Night Fundraiser Update:

Meetings will be each Monday night (13 Sherman @7).

Band and chorus volunteers from grades 4-12 needed.

Voucher information will be available October 1st.

Donations to grade level theme baskets can be sent to:

MMA/Class Basket (Grade ___)

1 Tiger Dr.

Maynard, MA 01754


The Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame (MHSAHF) Board is excited to announce its 7th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6 PM to 11:00 PM at the Maynard Lodge of Elks, 34 Powder Mill Road, Maynard.  The past six events have been a huge success and have sold out!

We are proud to announce the 7th set of inductees to the Maynard High School Hall of Fame: Brianna Freeman Azier (2001), Christopher Cavazza (1989), Steve Curcio (1989), Douglas Cush (1969), Joe Kalinowski (1976), Echo Freeman Louissaint (2001), James Luker (1957), Barry McNulty (1980), Bob Oksa (1973), Leigh Romanowski (1959) and James Stewart (1997).

It is always a great evening of celebration and a great opportunity to see friends and classmates of MaynardHigh School.  The festivities will include a cocktail hour (with cash bar) followed by a buffet dinner from6:30 PM to 8 PM, followed by the induction ceremony and ending with a social.

This banquet is open to all!  Tickets are available for $40/ea until November 10th (or until sold out) by calling (978) 764-5279, (978) 897.7894 or by emailing  or . The board members of MHSAHF also have tickets for sale.  Feel free to contact Jennifer Adams, Mary Brannelly, Ted Donnelly, Liz Fairweather,  Terry Lamoureux, Bill Mullin, Ed Mullin or  Herb Symes. Tables of 10 may also be reserved.  Whether you are young or older, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the great achievements of Maynard’s past student athletes!  View our website at to see the list of past years' inductees.

If you know an athlete who you feel deserves to be inducted into the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame at a future Induction Ceremony,  please go to the website and complete a nomination form  Additionally, donations are always greatly appreciated and may be forwarded to the MHSAHF, PO Box 56, Maynard, MA 01754.  The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization under Section 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) and donations are tax deductible.

That’s the news for the week and have a wonderful first weekend of fall,

Chuck Caragianes, M.Ed.

Principal of Maynard High School